Saturday, December 24, 2016

Putin calls President Trump "his excellency"

President Trump earned the respect of the world, and the president of Russia showed it in a letter to The Donald.



That's right.

He called President Trump his excellency.

President Putin realizes the Big Dog is in the house.

And it ain't Putin.

I looked up the proper way to address the president in a letter.

Mr. President.

His excellency isn't necessary.

But Putin wants to play nice. They have bigger fish to fry. Beating the Islamic State will require a team of allies.

Under Obama, the Islamic State flourished. Its numbers grew, as did its coffers, its power, and its influence.

Obama is an incompetent who thought the batle against terrorists ended with the killing of Osama bin Laden.

That was just one of many, many steps. Instead of keeping the pressure on, Obama basked in the glory of Laden's death.

Less than four weeks to go until the White House is under grown-up management.

Putin knows now that he once again has an adversary worthy of his talents.

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24 comments:

  1. January can't get here too soon for the world.

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  2. Improper, but telling.

    You can bet he never addressed Little Barry that way.

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    1. "His Excellency" is the proper diplomatic title for the US President. Note that the US president has the unusual position in a democracy of being both the Head of Government and the Head of State. As Head of State, the president is peer to all the royals. Which of course, makes his bowing and scraping before foreign monarchs that much more despicable.

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  3. Well, I do think Mr. Trump has been most excellent so far. Look at all he's accomplished since 8 November. I particularly like that he's made so many prog heads explode.

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  4. Most people who despise Obama secretly like Putin. He seems so, well, manly. But he is not our friend and he will not be Trump's friend either. As one of my Russian emegre friends says "He is a Wolf", out for himself and his pack.. Putin destroyed his country's nascent democracy and replaced it with a kind of Czarist oligarchy of barbarian wealth with himself at the apex. He is probably one of the world's richest men, all from pay for play. If the Clintons ever envied anyone it is him. His unrestricted bombing in Syria showed his pragmatic and ruthless side in war. Perhaps he copied it from our own civilan raids on Japan and Germany in WWII. His country's economy is said to be heavily oil dependent. The fracking coal and other oil price hurting policies Trump is likely to pursue are not in his interest. He would very much like to weaken NATO, something the socialist states that compose most of it fear but have weak political will to pay up to keep it strong, as Trump wants. Also I doubt Russian troops are going to be deployed against Issis. Chaos in the Mideast is Putin's friend. Calling Trump Excellency is actually a kind of joke by Putin to my mind that is double edged because it also is a whack at Clinton whose title is still Mrs. On the other hand I have confidence in DT and the crew he has with him. He may yet keep the bear caged and not too hungry, not too reckless.

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    1. I doubt DJT would ever be as foolish as FDR was in trusting a Russian head of state.

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    2. Or as enabling and supporting as Walter Duranty and his successors at the NYTimes.

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    3. Don't forget the "Reset Button", that was supposed to lead us out of the dark ages of mistrusting Russia and into the golden Obama/Hillary dawn of viewing Russia as an ally and Vlad Putin as a friend.

      So yeah, Mister Anonymous, you seem to be displacing onto Trump the actual actions and ideology of the Democrats and Barack Obama.

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  5. Clinton tried to push a reset button and failed miserably. Trump put out feelers throughout the campaign that were read just as they should have been. Putin is responding diplomatically. This indicates a return to diplomatic normalcy. I suspect that the model going forward will be one of great powers in a balance of power similar to that which existed prior to WWI but without a belligerent and ambitious Germany in the drivers seat. The USA will assume the role that Great Britain used to play, and China is now in the mix. The main forces which threaten stability in the world are radical Islam and African population growth which is out of control. These are combining to detroy Europe and further destabilize the middle east, and all parties have knowledge and exposure. Toning down Islamic radicalism may be the easiest of these two problems to deal with. Note that I did not even refer to Europe as a whole as one of the great powers. It is in the role of the Ottoman Empire of that time. The sick man of Europe is Europe itself.

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  6. Why shouldn't the two most powerful men on the planet form a mutually respectful and pragmatic bond. To paraphrase a line from the movie "Casablanca:" "Vladimir, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." ...
    - Elric

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  7. "Putin knows now that he once again has an adversary worthy of his talents." He and we need not be adversaries in all things. There may be things on which we can cooperate, but Ukraine is not one of them, and we've see Vlad's expansionist ideas.

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  8. "President Putin realizes the Big Dog is in the house.

    And it ain't Putin."

    Words are cheap, lets wait to see how he acts. Putin wants sanctions lifted, but he doesn't want to give in to them. So he is going to try to flattery on Trump.

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  9. Even Rod Serling wouldn't have thought credible a Twilight Zone episode where the leader of Russia sends Christmas greetings and the DNC boos God.

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  10. Rod was a Liberal, but that was a step tooooooo far.

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  11. Putin appears to be making fun of Trump, definitely not being in recognition or anything of nature imo. unfortunately Putin is finding it necessary for some reason to ridicule Trump and to address him in this type of sarcastic manner. Disappointing.

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  12. Unusual for the President of the United States of America, "His Excellency" would be the proper address/title in a letter to a head of state that had no other titles (including hereditary titles). Keeping in mind that Mr. Trump has yet to be sworn in as president, providing a title such as that in an address shows both caution and grace towards the recipient.

    -Mikey NTH

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  13. BTW: Diplomatic Correspondence will use all of the ancient formalities in address and not bend and sway to all of the fads and fashions of the day.

    -Mikey NTH

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  14. A cop once told me that it costs nothing to be polite and you can still shoot them.

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    1. No-one can make the word "Sir" more of a slam than a man in uniform or otherwise under authority.

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  15. I thought "your excellency" was for ambassadors?

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  16. Instead of "Sincerely," I wish Putin had made the salutation "From Russia With Love."
    -Fred

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  17. Putin is using his exelency most skilfully his excelency refers to the royalists vanquished in the revolution. Dt is ignorant of the insult

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